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Jeremy Krull

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Ripping Metal Instrumentals

Jeremy Krull's self-titled debut CD features seven instrumental tracks in the heavy metal and progressive metal vein, and serve as a veritable showcase for his mega-heavy riffage and dizzying solos. Krull uses his seven-string guitar to raid the heavy riff archive with taste and discretion, while juxtaposing warbly, raw and demented tones with complex and fiery guitar lines. For a self-released, near-one-man-band debut, the production is surprisingly solid; Krull has a knack for keeping things interesting in the way he structures his compositions. His influences such as Symphony X, Rudess Morgenstein Project and Dream Theater probably helped in that regard. Jeremy Krull will find a place in the CD collections of fans of heavier instrumental guitar music, and the sky is the limit for this young (he's only 18) shredder. Jeremy Krull was originally profiled in the April-May, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Jeremy started playing guitar when he was around 6 years old, and along the way he picked up drums, bass, and just recently, keyboards. His first influence and all time favorite band is Queen, but he has many different influences ranging from instrumental rock guitarists such as Steve Vai and Brett Garsed, to jazz/fusion greats like Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Tribal Tech to modern progressive outfits like Symphony X, Pain Of Salvation, Royal Hunt, and Ayreon. Of late, Jeremy has been listening to lots of music toward the heavier end of the spectrum, such as Iced Earth, Dimmu Borgir, Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects and Meshuggah. He used Emagic's Logic Audio software to record his album, eventually promoting a three-song sampler at Atlanta's Prog Power festival, where he got a lot of positive feedback.

Krull admits there is only really one thing left to do now, and that is to create more music.

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Jeremy Krull
8 Martha Place
Chappaqua, NY 10514
United States

E-mail: Jeremy Krull
Web site: themanwithnoname.iuma.com

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David Yamasaki

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Going Beyond Categorization With First CD

From Me To You features the sultry jazz fusion of Hawaii based guitarist David Yamasaki, a CD that quietly eludes stylistic categorization - and that's the way Yamasaki likes it. Right off the bat, "Samurai Hee-Haw" lets the listener know they're not listening to another Mike Stern or Pat Martino clone, with its Asian-influenced triple meter melody and unusual tones. An original track, "J-Town Blues" kicks off with Ron Stallings' tenor saxophone and a Kenny Penalver keyboard solo before Yamasaki lays in with a clean-toned solo that will impress all skeptics. Other highlights include Yamasaki's cover of Jaco Pastorius' "Three Views Of A Secret" (with a samba/mambo arrangement - good choice), and other original, "After Touch", an extended number with Earl Klugh-like acoustic guitar lines and Penalver's graceful piano work. If you're looking for new jazz from an up-and-coming solo artist, check out Yamasaki's From Me To You. David Yamasaki was originally profiled in the April-May, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic David studied ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and guitar at Berklee College of Music, Boston, before receiving a BA and MA from California State University, Hayward. He has recorded with Tito Puente, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo Orchestra, John Santos and the Machete Ensemble, Deems, and Nikita Germaine and has performed in music videos and film including Bill Cosby's Leonard, Part Six. Additional performances include Lou Rawls, Louie Bellson, Dianne Schuur, Eddie Fisher, Faye Carol, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Forty Niner Band, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Wayne Wallace and Rhythm and Rhyme, and Fred Berry as well as accompaniment for Frederica Von Stade. He has written scores for two PBS productions and charts for Ramsey Lewis. His teaching experience includes Stanford Jazz Camp, Jazz Camp, Aptos, and San Quentin Prison as well as his current position at Maryknoll School in Honolulu.

Yamasaki hopes to make enough money from From Me To You to record another CD, which he promises will be very different from his solo debut, as he explores new styles and textures.

Contact Information
David Yamasaki
P.O. Box 29696
Honolulu, HI 96820
United States

E-mail: David Yamasaki
Web site: www.yamasongs.com

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